$400,000 soccer games meant to keep Minnesota Muslims from joining ISIS

A group has applied for $400,000 to run soccer games and other after-school programs to discourage Somali Muslims in Minnesota from joining ISIS. A community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among the people lining up for a crack at federal and private funds aimed at stopping terror recruiting. Friday was the deadline for applicants to request roughly $400,000 in money being administered by a nonprofit entity as part of Minnesota's efforts to stamp out violent extremism. Minneapolis' program, called Building Community Resilience, focuses on the state's large Somali community, which has been fertile ground for terrorism recruiters. More than 22 men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria. Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said he's excited about the program's progress...(Read Full Post)